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Opinion

  • Now that the Shelbyville Horse Show has been rated one of the 10 best summer events in Kentucky, I have a name to be placed on the guest list for this year’s event:

    Gary P. West.

    I doubt Hoppy or R.H. Bennett knows West, but they would do well to curry his favor.

  • Shelby County’s failure in three areas of a state audit should be a concern to each of us.

    The problems cited are not grave – neither losses of great amounts of the public’s money nor malfeasance were noted – but the fact that problems existed should not be dismissed out of hand.

    That’s primarily because these findings place a highlighter on areas of sloppiness in both record keeping and reporting by our county.

  • We applaud when our elected leaders are looking forward and trying to make sure that our governmental agencies are focusing on positive solutions and creative ideas.

    And even if an idea isn’t totally original, we like to know the good ones are being kept in focus and reasonably high on our leaders’ task lists.

  • We have been on the backs of the contractors on the Shelbyville Bypass, and we still believe Kay and Kay Construction has been lax in working on the project.

    But we have to offer the company some applause this week.

  • We have been on the backs of the contractors on the Shelbyville Bypass, and we still believe Kay and Kay Construction has been lax in working on the project.

    But we have to offer the company some applause this week.

  • The revelation this week that the Shelbyville Police Department’s shooting range is within firing distance of an elementary school sends off an alarm that all of us should hear.

    Yes, we realize that the location of the range off Kentucky Street was positioned two decades ago on old farmland, long before Clear Creek Elementary was even being discussed.

    Yes, we realize this is city-owned land.

    Yes, we realize officers need a place to practice their weaponry to be prepared to protect all of us.

  • Finally we have movement on a plan to rename the Shelby County High School Gym for iconic basketball star Mike Casey.

    Shelby County Public Schools formed a facilities naming committee that met last week and agreed to send forward to the school board its recommendation to honor Mr. Casey.

  • At the end of April I had the opportunity to go to southern California for a conference. It was a tough break, I know, but someone had to do it.

    If you’ve never been there, it really is beautiful – sandy beaches, palm trees, colorful flowers, a bright blue sky and breathtaking views with mountains and the ocean in the same frame all make for a picture-perfect setting.

  • I ran into an old English teacher – and my first journalism teacher – at the grocery store recently. She was buying milk, and I was the nosy reporter asking her about prices.

    She answered my question and then said, “You don’t remember me, do you?”

    I admitted she looked familiar, and then Mary Ann Clemmons, English teacher my junior year at Shelby County High School, introduced herself to me.

    “I remember you wouldn’t read much of anything but sports,” she said.

  • A year ago this week, Shelby County buried one of its finest heroes and favorite sons, former basketball star Mike Casey.

    In the 52 weeks since, our leaders have done little to honor a man who established not only a legacy of great athleticism but also one of inspiration to many and friendship to all.

  • We like what we hear about the county’s plans – joining the city’s earlier discussions – to improve the sidewalk corridor along 7th Street and Burks Branch Road toward Clear Creek Park.

    We have advocated the concept that this pathway should become much smoother for walkers, runners and stroller-pushers.

  •  Like many of my ilk, I am a manic radio listener when I’m in my car.

  • There is something woven deep into the texture of my soul that cooks up calmness from the simple recipe of sitting outside at night, listening to the croaks and screeches, feeling the cooling air and watching the lightning bugs dance in front of me. I can stand on the deck behind my house, peering out into the hickory and maple trees that descend beyond our wooden fence into a gully – we called it a “holler” before I was educated – and feel as close to being at one with nature as I can get. I’m no son of Audubon, no Mark Trail or ev

  • If you read the account on the front page of today’s newspaper about a dog running from a house and severely biting a 2-year-old girl, you probably were as horrified as we were.

    But were you as equally horrified to read that the dog remained in its home, quarantined by game officials rather than taken into custody?

    Yes, we understand that this is within the limits of the law, but we are at a loss to understand why this would be appropriate.

  • The Shelbyville Horse Show will celebrate its 21st year this summer, but now it has a reason for the horses to step a little more lively and for their riders to sit just a bit more erect.

    The Kentucky Tourism Council this week announced that it had rated the horse show as one of the 10 best events in Kentucky.

  • Atop a shelf in my office sits a trophy I treasure. It’s a replica of the “Lady Justice,” an image many of you oldtimers may recall from the closing credits of the original Perry Mason TV series.

    She’s the blindfolded woman holding balanced scales in one hand and a sword in the other, a symbol of the presumed blind justice and fairness of our legal system.

  • The road to the Kentucky Derby has been something that I’ve followed rather closely from these past few decades.

    From the day of nomination in January, when hundreds of 3-year-olds have been named as potential Derby entrants, I have examined with quiet amazement the experts’ lists of the best horses in that group and those most likely to wear roses one glorious Saturday in May at Churchill Downs.

  • There’s a public safety concern out there, and you can do something about it.

    You don’t need the help of law enforcement, legislation or the courts to handle this potential problem, because the solution is right at your fingertips.

    When the weather is rainy, the light dim or the fog rolling, simply turn on your headlights.

    Don’t wait for your automatic system to decide when illumination is needed.

    Don’t rely on your parking lights to do the trick.

    Those don’t work, and you’re causing a hazard to other motorists.

  • Wasn’t the story of Lynn Whitehouse one of Shelby County’s feel-good stories of the year?

    Ms. Whitehouse is our neighbor who ran in the Derby Festival mini-marathon in 2009, found she had an aggressive form of breast cancer, was treated radically for it and came back to run the mini again two weeks ago.

    On Friday she participated in the walk of breast cancer survivors just before post time for the Kentucky Oaks, a celebration to raise awareness for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the need for research in breast cancer.

  • I heard that several years ago when President George H.W. Bush was on the campaign trail, he stopped in to visit some residents in a nursing home.

    He walked up to one elderly woman in a wheelchair and said, “Hello there, ma’am, what’s your name?”